Art Instruction Books for Kids

Today I am featuring a guest artist, my 6 year old daughter!  Possibly inspired by Press Here?  I don’t know, but I love this simple polka-dotted piece!  She also has her own blog, check it out at Coloring Book Center!

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You don’t need art instruction books for your kids.  It’s the truth!  Give them crayons, markers, construction paper, and they naturally know what to do with them.  Don’t interfere, don’t hover or tell them what do do.  Just show your interest in what they create.  Provide them with good lighting a comfortable chair, and work table and let them go!

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Better than a Good Idea

Mother Daughter Craft Time

My daughter ORDERED me away from the computer yesterday after school while my son was napping.  It was a perfect stolen moment for a little mother-daughter time.  She had a craft for us to work on: stuffed construction paper animals.   I know it don’t sound like it would work but I have seen her make small pillows this way before and it does, sort of.  Anyways, the point is that’s not the point, right?! Continue reading

Making Paintbrushes with Natural Materials

Paint brushes made from natural materials

Today the freezing cold temperatures, that have turned us into shut-ins lately, rose just enough with the bright midday sun to allow us to get out into the backyard for a little bit.  The sun felt good and my son and I had fun exploring as we gathered materials for our little project today.

Back in art school there was a teacher that had his students make art supplies from natural materials.  I didn’t have that teacher but ever since then I have wanted to try it.  I can’t believe it took me 22 years to do it! Continue reading

96 Crayola Crayons


"coloring on the floor" crayon sketch

My daughter just got a box of, not 64, but 96 Crayola Crayons!  I think there is even a box with 120, believe it or not.  There is not much that beats the nostalgia of Crayola crayons.  My husband and I were reminiscing about how great it was getting that GIANT box of 64 crayons with the sharpener built in!  Just the waxy papery smell can take you back to the exact spot you sat to draw and color and dream.  Check out this Mr. Rogers video How People Make Crayons.  This will really take you back. Continue reading